Cranberry Christmas Cookies, featured in the children’s book, Cranberry Christmas, are amazingly, surprisingly good. Tart and sweet, they’re packed with flavor.
I may just have found my new favorite cookies. They don’t look like anything special. The recipe contains no special ingredients. In fact, I was surprised to look over the ingredients list. But, these Cranberry Christmas Cookies?
Huge winners in my book. The kids all yelped at their first bite. These are wowza good.
I can’t take credit for the recipe. It’s featured on the back of the children’s Christmas book, Cranberry Christmas. It’s a throw back from my childhood that I purchased for my kids. We are making a new set of memories together.
Did you read these when you were a kid? They’re from 1976, or thereabouts.
The books, written by Wende and Harry Devlin, feature Maggie, her grandmother, and their neighbor Mr. Whiskers. Apparently, the Christmas one was turned into a TV special, starring Barry Manilow. Who knew?
I have a very clear memory of baking the Cranberry Bread from Cranberry Thanksgiving with my Granny. Unlike Gramma John, Granny didn’t bake. So, I really remember that day.
I wanted to make sure the kids and I tried out these recipes. My girl was pleased to be the helper last week in baking the cookies. The life-changing cookies. Ahem.
We read the story and baked. Note: the book doesn’t address anything remotely related to Christmas, in the Christian sense of the word, but it takes place a Christmas time and is a sweet story about friendship.
A set of the books and a batch of cookies would make a great gift for families on your list this year!
I’ve adjusted the directions to the original recipe because I found they needed a little tweaking. I chopped the cranberries before I measured them which may make my measurements different than theirs. Go whichever way you like. Also, we used almonds instead of walnuts because: walnut allergy.
I highly recommend making a batch of these and stashing them in the freezer for yourself. They are tart and sweet and crunchy. Super duper good!
Cranberry Christmas Cookies
- 3 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 cup fresh cranberries chopped
- 1 cup chopped almonds toasted
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
- In another mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars with a hand mixer or a Kitchenaid. Beat in the egg, milk, and lemon juice. Add the flour mixture and beat until combined. This will be a stiff dough. Add in the cranberries and almonds and mix well.
- Drop dough by tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.
- Cooled cookies can be frozen in airtight containers for up to 2 months.
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